9 Homemade Scent Recipes
Enjoy autumn’s diverse colors, but do not neglect the richness of scents that overwhelm you every single step taken into nature these days: fruit, vegetables and flowers, all joining forces for a both chromatic and olfactory feast. So let autumn get into your homes by turning to a few homemade scent recipes that will fill your home with authentic fragrances that will last for days.
We have chosen several easy recipes which, once put into practice, will fill your home with strong aromas that will last for days running. The ingredients are different, but they are all prepared in the same manner. For the first recipe you need 2 cinnamon sticks, 4 pieces of candied ginger and 1 clove of nutmeg.
The second combination is among 2 apple peels, 1 cinnamon stick and 3 whole cloves. For the third recipe you need 2 cinnamon sticks, 4 pieces of ginger, 1 tablespoon of pure almond extract and 1 tablespoon whole cloves. The fourth aromatic combination brings together 1 orange rind, 1 apple peel, 2 cinnamon sticks, 2 whole clove and 2 star anise.
The fifth recipe requires 5 juniper berries, 4 small pine branches and 1 lemon peel and, finally, the sixth mixture calls for 5 bay leaves, 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary and 1 sliced lemon.
After you made up your mind which of the above recipes you want to use, bring a large stock pot of water to a boil, and turn down the heat and bring to a low simmer. Add your choice of fresh ingredients and spices to the pot. Any of the suggested recipes above smell delightful, but feel free to experiment with what you have in stock in your kitchen pantry.
Make sure to check the pot of simmering water every half an hour to make sure the pot does not run out of water. Add additional water to the pot as needed. The mixture can keep on the stove up to two days, but make turn off the heat prior to going to sleep. Apart from getting all the exotic smells, the simmering water will also help to humidify your home.
Now, if you don’t want to boil anything, here is what you could also rely on. Dried orange slices, balanced by bay leaves and cinnamon sticks, look lovely strung up on a mantel — but smell sweeter than a fabric banner or glittering garland.
Pinecones easily fill a bare space on your bookcase in fall, but a little cinnamon essential oil is the surprise that keeps on giving all season long.
Store bought pumpkin spice votves are enhanced handfuls of dark roasted coffee beans – a simple and efficient way to fill your home with energy.
Sources: About.com, Housebeautiful.com